CALGARY, CAN, 24 JAN 2013 – After a short mid-season break, FIS Freestyle World Cup action is set to get underway again with moguls competition from Calgary's historic Canada Olympic Park.
Last week's highly-entertaining Lake Placid event saw the return from injury of reigning Olympic champion and last year's overall Crystal Globe winner Hannah Kearney (USA) to competition on the ladies' side. Kearney looked dominant while making good on the promise that she had returned in top-shape by winning handily her first event back.
On the men's side, young phenom Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) continued his staggering run of consecutive podiums by winning his second event of the season and extending his streak to 17. He, along with men's 2010 Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau, will have his sights set on making a strong showing on home soil and defending his victory at Calgary from one year ago.
Kingsbury currently wears the red leader's bib for moguls overall leader. On the ladies' side, Heather Mcphie (USA) remains in the same position, despite coming off a disappointing 35th place finish at Lake Placid after winning the first two events of the season.
Formally known as Peskapoo Ski Hill, Canada Olympic Park (COP) was built-up to host ski jumping, bobsleigh, and luge for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. The modest hill is now home to Alpine Canada and some of the country's most advanced ski training and competition facilities.
Training begins today, while competition gets underway from COP on Saturday, 26 January 2013, beginning at 08.30 local time.